Raj Parekh, an Indian-American career federal attorney and first assistant attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, has now been named the new Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
This makes Parekh the first Indian American and a minority in the office’s 232-year history to hold this position.
As the acting U.S. attorney, Parekh oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes and litigation in all civil matters in which the United States is interested. He directs approximately 300 prosecutors, civil litigators and support staff in four departments in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News. The district serves over six million residents.
According to his biography, Parekh has investigated and prosecuted cases involving national security and international crimes, violent crimes, narcotics, cybercrime, healthcare fraud and other economic crimes. He is also a member of the EDVA Diversity Committee as the coordinator for special focus areas in the Asian-American / Pacific islanders.
Parekh previously served as Assistant General Counsel with the Central Intelligence Agency, Assistant Attorney in the US District Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice for National Security. In addition to his service with the federal government, he worked as a senior lawyer and compliance officer at IBM and as a litigation attorney at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
He has received numerous awards for his work in the public service. He received the Director’s Award from the Executive Office for US Attorneys for “superior performance” in the US against Mohamad Jamal Khweis (EDVA), which in 2017 led to the conviction of the first person to stand before a jury after a trial in the US and who closed down of the terrorist organization known as Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on ISIS territory, adds his biography.
Parekh also received the Anti-Defamation League’s SHIELD Award for his contributions to combating extremism and terrorism in IT.
Parekh received his BA in Economics and International Affairs magna cum laude from George Washington University and his JD cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.